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The NRLs best team for 2016 will be decided in Sundays Grand Final, but who has been the best player?Votes went secret after round 16, since when ESPN has taken a closer look to see who will win the Dally M Medal. Brian Dozier Jersey . It is the most prestigious individual honour in the NRL but history suggests it might be seen as a positive omen NOT to win the medal. Only three players in the past 30 years,have the medal and premiership in the same year: Parramattas Peter Sterling in 1986, Manlys Matt Orford in 2008, and North Queenslands Johnathan Thurston in 2015.1. Cooper Cronk (Storm)The latest member of the 300-game club shows no signs of slowing down, no sign of complacency and no sign of letting his high standards slip.Cronk has been one of the NRLs biggest success stories since he arrived at Melbourne as a utility player before a lack of options saw him thrown in at halfback when Matt Orford left the Storm for Manly.Incredibly, the 32-year-old started the year as a $34 long shot to claim a second Dally M medal, but his excellent form saw him claim outright favouritism with UBET, at a very short $4, when votes went behind closed doors.2. Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)Debate might rage as to whether Johnathan Thurston is the greatest rugby league player of all time, but the North Queensland captain is certainly without peer judged on Dally M medals.Among Thurstons seemingly endless list of achievements is an incredible FOUR Dally M medals -- putting him alone at the top of the list of multiple winners, one ahead of Andrew Johns, Peter Sterling and Gavin Miller.JT started the 2016 season as UBETs $6 favourite to claim his fifth medal, but he found himself relegated to the second line of betting when votes went secret after round 16, despite firming in to $5.3. Cameron Smith (Storm)Cameron Smith, like his Storm teammate Cooper Cronk, is looking for his second Dally M medal -- 10 years after he was awarded his first.Smith is the most intelligent player in the NRL, the games best schemer, and there is no smarter organiser in rugby league when it comes to executing a game plan and sticking to team structures.If he were at any other club, and didnt have to compete with the likes of Cronk, Billy Slater and Jesse Bromwich for Dally M points, he would probably already have won the award more than once.Smith also started the season at a generous $34 with UBET, but he closed to $7 third favourite after round 16.4. Josh Hodgson (Raiders)Josh Hodgson was a major factor behind Canberras impressive 2016 NRL season, and the first two weeks of the finals showed his importance to the Raiders. They lost after he left the field with an ankle in jury against Cronulla in Week 1, but the Raiders regained form and confidence when he returned against Penrith a week later.Since the Dally M Medal was introduced in 1980, no Englishman has ever won the award but Hodgson will go as close as any before him.The 26-year-old started the year as a $15 outside chance but went into closed votes on the fourth line of betting at $8 -- and his form has only improved since.Smokey - Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys)The Cowboys other JT could become the first running forward to win the Dally M since Cronullas Gavin Miller in 1989.?Taumalolo wont be favourite, but he is a genuine smokey; he is arguably the NRLs most explosive and hard-running forward with mesmerising footwork and superhuman strength, and he has been at the top of his game this season.And it isnt just NRL fans who have taken notice, with the 23-year-old reportedly catching the eye of several NFL franchises; Taumalolo has already stated an interest in the possibility of becoming the next NRL star to try his luck in the USA.The Cowboys back-rower was a healthy $13 with UBET when voting went secret.Brett Kimmorley says:Who I think will win: Cooper CronkCooper Cronk has been the mastermind behind the Melbourne Storm this season. He has Cameron Smith there, too, but I think Cronk has led the team around brilliantly and been their main man in 2016.Who Id like to win: Josh HodgsonJosh Hodgson could become the first Englishman to win the Dally M and I would love to see him do it. He has been a sensation for the Raiders, and I think it would be a great thing to grow the game internationally.Other notablesRyan James (Titans)Andrew Fifita (Sharks)Michael Ennis (Sharks)Darius Boyd (Broncos)Ben Barba (Sharks) Ervin Santana Jersey . But the quarterback hopes to stay involved in football after officially calling it quits Tuesday. "Id love to look at those opportunities as they arise," Pierce said in an interview from his Winnipeg eatery. Byung-Ho Park Jersey .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. The game started the same way the Vancouver game started the night before, with the Jets taking the first two penalties of the game and killing off the first, but the Oilers getting on the board first, scoring on the second man-advantage. http://www.baseballtwinsprostore.com/twins-max-kepler-jersey/ . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. Gennady Golovkins Jekyll and Hyde persona has helped him become boxings biggest global star, according to the people who guide his career.A global audience of millions in over 100 countries will tune in live to watch boxings most entertaining fighter defend two (WBC and IBF) of his three world middleweight titles against Britains Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.It is not just in his native Kazakhstan that Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) -- known as GGG -- is adored. He has a growing army of fans across his adopted homeland in America and millions watch his bouts in Mexico, where fight fans consider him one of their own.The 34-year-olds promoter Tom Loeffler has seen Golovkins fame grow since his company K2 Promotions took control of the boxers career in 2010.His popularity with each fight is growing dramatically and this fight will be shown live in over 100 countries, Loeffler told ESPN.When he sold out Madison Square Garden against David Lemieux it was a huge accomplishment for him and he was the first non-American to do that.But its not only New York. He sold out the Forum in Los Angeles, that was a big statement on where his popularity is at in the US. Usually in America boxers are only popular in one region, so thats a testament to his phenomenal popularity.I think it was over a million viewers for Gennadys fight against Martin Murray on Channel 5 and hes always been very popular in Mexico where 6.1 million saw his fight against Murray.One thing thats important to remember about Gennady is his international popularity. He has a universal appeal.This fight is the first time he has done a deal with RTL in Germany, one of the biggest networks there. So on an international level his popularity has been increasing. Hes very popular Japan for instance, they have shown every one of his fights. Hes a fans favourite in Latin America too.American fighters dont leave the U.S. to fight but its always been part of our plan to keep his international popularity and thats why he has fought in Monte Carlo three times, the Ukraine and Panama and now London.Loeffler believes Golovkins burgeoning popularity is not just because of his dazzling displays in the ring.Golovkin is winning over a U.S. audience despite limited -- but improving -- English and it seems every fight now is building up towards an epic encounter with Mexcian Saul Canelo Alvarez next year, unless Brook (36-0, 25 KOs) can upset the odds.A big part of it, even if he doesnt speak perfect English is his personality and respect for opponeents and the sport is why people generally like to cheer for him, Loeffler added. Byron Buxton Jersey. lot of great boxers arent that likeable but like to cheer for Gennady and support him.Hes exciting inside the ring and hes likeable outside the ring as well. Its the Mike Tyson effect, fans just want to see him.His English is getting better and that certainly helps. He has lived in L.A. for the last year and half and he has trained in Big Bear (California) for the last six years. He is becoming more well known in America with each fight.Golovkin, who lives with his wife and eight-year-old son in California, avoids trash talking but fans still tune in as he brings knockouts.The WBC-IBF-WBA world middleweight champion has stopped his last 22 opponents and is a big betting favourite to beat Brook, who is stepping up two weight divisions.Golovkin operates with the clinical precision of a surgeon in the ring but away from the sport, appears to be polite, cheerful and almost innocent.Martin Murray, who lasted 11 rounds -- longer than any other opponent -- with Golovkin, socialised with the champion following their fight in February, 2015.He doesnt speak much English but hes a good guy and a nice person, Murray said.He goes out and wreaks havoc in the ring and comes out and hes nice as pie. Thats why Im really happy for all the credit he gets because he deserves it.Max Hermann, along with his brother Oleg, has been working as Golovkins manager and advisor since 2009 and says the boxer has been unaffected by fame.Hes a very calm person and a normal guy outside the ring, down to earth and very polite, Hermann said.He hasnt been affected by his success at all. Away from boxing, hes a big football fan and likes playing football and tries to spend time with family when he is not training for a fight. He has seen Manchester United play and likes AC Milan and Real Madrid as well.Golovkin will be the biggest overseas boxing star to fight in the UK since Kostya Tszyu fought Ricky Hatton in 2005 or Mike Tysons appearances in 2000.A crowd of 80,000 saw British super-middleweights Carl Froch and George Groves slug it out at Wembley Stadium in 2014, but Golovkin-Brook has more international interest and significance.Broadcasters from the U.S., Latin America, Germany and the UK will be ringside on Saturday when a victory for Brook would send shock waves around the world of adoring Golovkin fans. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '